“ITF Development Center for Microsoft” Significantly Enhances Microsoft Exchange 2000 and SharePoint Portal Go-to-Market Strategies
Atlanta, GA, USA (Microsoft Tech-Ed), 18 June 2001 — IT FACTORY, Inc., the leading supplier of knowledge technology solutions, today announced ITF Development Center for Microsoft, the industry’s first ever visual development tool to enable organisations to rapidly build sophisticated collaborative and knowledge management applications on both Microsoft Exchange 2000 and SharePoint Portal Server. The new development technology significantly lowers the cost, effort and training requirements for developing applications based on Exchange or SharePoint Portal. What previously may have required a week or more of programming takes just hours using ITF Development Center for Microsoft.
“Our new ITF Development Center for Microsoft, which will be instrumental in driving developer adoption of Exchange and SharePoint Portal, is extremely valuable for any organisation looking to get greater value from their investment in Microsoft’s collaborative and knowledge management platforms,” said Lars Johansen, president and CEO of Cambridge-based IT FACTORY. “ITF Development Center is not only an important tool for organisations to leverage the Exchange and SharePoint Portal platforms, but also to begin adopting SOAP and get on the path to using Microsoft .NET technology.”
ITF Development Center for Microsoft accelerates the task of developing Exchange- or SharePoint Portal-based applications by providing an object browser, or visual development interface, within the Microsoft Visual InterDev Web development system. This intuitive interface leverages an organisation’s investment in MS Visual InterDev training, and enables essentially any developer familiar with Visual InterDev to easily construct and manage object-oriented Exchange or SharePoint Portal applications. ITF Development Center, which is fully integrated with the Microsoft Visual Studio development system, is particularly valuable because it provides organisations with a growth path to the Microsoft .NET initiative.
“We are extremely pleased to see such a powerful and extensible development tool that supports Microsoft Exchange 2000 and SharePoint Portal Server come on the market,” said Paul Flessner, Senior Vice President for .NET Enterprise Servers at Microsoft Corp. “We are working closely with IT FACTORY and expect many of our customers to use ITF Development Center for Microsoft to accelerate development and provide an ideal step to .NET-based knowledge management and collaborative solutions.”
ITF Development Center enables developers to rapidly build applications using the visual development metaphor they are familiar with, including objects, properties, methods, displays, etc., while ITF Development Center handles all of the background mapping and linking to the Exchange or SharePoint Portal Server. This visual development environment interfaces with Exchange and SharePoint via an Advanced Server Extension (ASE), which also enables creation of SOAP data objects. Access to template collaborative applications is provided via a Run Time Server Extension (RSE). This RSE enables developers to rapidly incorporate key collaborative functionality into applications – such as threaded discussion management.
IT FACTORY’s Microsoft Expertise Center (formerly ECMS) has already undertaken several major projects using ITF Development Center technology. Deployed applications include an enterprise-wide knowledge management system for a ”big-5” professional services firm, a Web-based team-room application, several customer relationship management applications for Fortune 1000 companies, as well as a project for Microsoft itself to deploy a SharePoint Portal Server-based knowledge management system for Microsoft’s worldwide staff of marketing professionals.
“We anticipate a significant demand among corporations and systems integrators who make use of and deliver Microsoft Exchange 2000 and SharePoint Portal Server solutions,” said IT FACTORY Chief Architect for Microsoft Solutions Robert Ginsburg. “ITF Development Center essentially eliminates the need for developers to learn the programming concepts of Exchange or SharePoint Portal in depth, and allows them to just begin developing their Web applications using the object programming metaphor they are already familiar with. We have been using this product in-house to build custom SharePoint and Exchange 2000 solutions for our customers for several months, and we are extremely pleased to now make it available to other developers.”
IT FACTORY announced in late 2000 its plans to deliver collaborative solutions on the Microsoft Exchange 2000 platform, leveraging the company’s award-winning collaborative development technology and expertise that has been so successful on the Lotus Notes/Domino platform. IT FACTORY is working closely with the Microsoft Exchange 2000 team to develop an open collaborative application architecture that ensures maximum value and market success for solutions built on the Exchange 2000 platform. IT FACTORY is also working closely with Microsoft to extend ITF Development Center to additional collaborative server products, and adding on RSEs to extend the product’s rapid development capabilities.
ITF Development Center for Microsoft will enter into a public Beta phase in late June 2001 and will be generally available in late July 2001. Pricing starts at $1,495 per developer. For further information, visit: http://www.itfactory.com/DevelopmentCenterMS.
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IT FACTORY is the leading global provider of knowledge technology solutions that increase organisational effectiveness, and turn enterprise knowledge into enterprise profit. IT FACTORY solutions build upon an organisation’s existing investment in the advanced communications platforms, Lotus Notes/Domino and Microsoft Exchange, through the use of ITF Business Applications, Tools, Architecture and Services, enabling rapid, cost-effective deployment of knowledge based solutions. IT FACTORY customers include IBM, Minolta, Nokia, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and many other well-known international firms. IT FACTORY provides solutions via its own professional service organisation and field sales force, as well as via an international network of more than 300 highly qualified business partners. The Company is headquartered in Boston, with more than 400 people in 17 offices throughout the world. Find out more at http://www.itfactory.com.
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